M5 Tractor

M5 Tractor

Infobox Weapon
name=M5 High-Speed Tractor


caption=
origin=USA
type=Artillery tractor
service=
used_by=US Army
wars=World War II
designer=
design_date= 1942
manufacturer=International Harvester
unit_cost=
production_date=
number=
variants=
is_vehicle=yes
length=5.03 m
width=2.54 m
height=2.69 m
weight=13.791 t
suspension=
speed=48 km/h
vehicle_range=290 km
primary_armament=1 x M2 Browning machine gun
armour=none
engine=Continental R6572 six-cylinder petrol engine
engine_power=207 hp (154 kW)
pw_ratio=15.0 hp/tonne
crew=1 + 10

The M5 High-Speed Tractor was an artillery tractor used by the US Army from 1942.

Construction

The M5 is a full-track design designed to tow 105mm and 155mm howitzers and carry the gun crew and ammunition. A winch and roller system allows the M5 to pull vehicles to the front or rear. Armament is a single anti-aircraft M2 Browning machine gun.

History

The M5 was a standardized October 1942 from the T21, a vehicle based on the tracks and suspension of the Stuart tank. International Harvester started production in 1942. The M5 did not serve in US Army for long after World War II, but Japan, Austria, Yugoslavia and Pakistan continued to use it.

References

*cite book |last=Trewhitt |first=Philip |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Armoured Fighting Vehicles |year=1999 |publisher=Dempsey-Parr |location=p 308 |isbn=1-84084-328-4


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